Good Times -> Wang Dang Doodle -> West L.A. Fadeaway Blow Away -> Queen Jane Approximately Loser Cassidy -> Don't Ease Me In
China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider Looks Like Rain -> Eyes Of The World -> Drums -> Space -> The Wheel -> Dear Mr. Fantasy -> Hey Jude -> I Need A Miracle -> Black Peter -> One More Saturday Night
April 8, 2017 Subject:
Bob is Singing C'mon Georgie
George Herbert Walker Bush was elected in 1988. Bob is singing Georgie for President Bush.
April 7, 2012 Subject:
This was a high energy show. As the previous guy said, the energy in the lot was nuts too. Kind of a scattered scene with the enclosed garage echoing like some jungle craziness. Lots of drums as I remember. Goes well with nitrous.
China Rider features some nice Brent and a percolating transition. Very nice LL Rain. Eyes has some more good Brent and is real laid back and smooth. The JErry and Brent harmonies on Fantasy are pretty special. They trade some nice licks back and forth during it too. You really can not go wrong with any of the shows from this tour. It is all solid. Sneak through the back door and get you some of them today.
I think I prefer the sound on the board to the Matrix b/c it seems a little crisper for some reason. Always good to hear some crowd reacting to the high quality playing from these heady days.
The one weird thing I remember is some head jumping on the stage during Blow away. Really kind of floated/flew down from above over on Jerry's side, landed and just danced right in his face while he was playing. Parrish walked out from behind the stuff, grabbed the guy by the neck with one hand under his chin, lifted him up about a foot off the stage and escorted him to parts unknown. This did not happen very often, but they never missed a beat. Garcia barely looked over his glasses. He did acknowledge it by playing 'Loser' when it was his turn though. In the Winter '88 Golden Road Garcia said about Loser - "That song is about an idiot. An idiot who thinks he's great." If you get confused, just listen to the music play dude.
I remember following my buddy after the show in his 80s T-bird with the belts showing through on the tires to where every time he turned you could see sparks coming off them. Made it from DC to here to Louisville & back to DC with no problems thanks to that old tour magic.
September 12, 2010 Subject:
My second show, but in many ways the first time I “got” these guys live. The scene, particularly in the garage, was surreal. There were clearly some technical audio issues. Although there are some excellent auds, the matrix is absolutely the way to go with this show IMO.
It’s really the energy that carries this show. Listening back now, it was better in person than on tape because so much of it had to do with the energy exchange. And as has been mentioned before, Brent had a lot do with that. He is already ratcheting up the energy with his solo in Wang Dang Doodle. West LA continues this with a rockin version. Now Jerry’s getting fired up! This is my favorite Blow Away and a definite highlight of the show.
Jerry’s voice is a little hoarse in this show, but he makes up for it in energy and enthusiasm. The emotional content of Loser is fantastic. I love hearing Jerry stomp his pedal just before the solo, which hits the mark. Cassidy has potential but never reaches it and stays mostly mellow before the guitars cut out all together. Brent’s B3 really adds to an otherwise uneventful Don’t Ease to close the set.
The China->Rider is very tight and a nice start to a great 2nd set. The boys are meshing right away and there’s a smallish jam that gets right to the point before the transition. Phil is way out in front of the mix and is driving. You can hear the crowd’s enthusiasm and the band clearly feeds from it. Now it’s the drummer’s turn as they drive the Rider to unbelievable highs. Then they turn around and completely blow LL Rain. Admittedly, Bob kicks it off at a ridiculous tempo, but they drag so bad they fall completely out and it never totally recovers despite a valiant attempt.
Eyes is also brisk and immediately gets things back on track and the rest of the show, including Drums, is solid if unspectacular. Box of Rain is a perfect encore and rounds out what was a top 5 show for me. This matrix sounds awesome and perfectly captures the atmosphere of this show. Furthur is playing this venue (now US Bank Arena) this fall. Hmm…
September 8, 2008 Subject:
what a mix
Hunter, these last few matrix you have been putting together or fantastic. Keep it up!! Particularly those early '80s gems.
This one is right about the time I got into the boys and with the layers of this matrix ut really brings back the memories. 4 star performance as many stars as possibly sound.
as to your not about Come on Georgia, Bobby used to substitute in the George H. Bush's name in that presidential line and I think he is saying 'come on Georgie'. Anyhoot, keep 'em coming.